Public stewardship & economic globalisation

A participant-led conversation

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 | 14.30-17.30 |

Organised by Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions

This session focuses on the changing power relations between globally operating companies and public actors, and will make use of an Open Space format for maximum interactivity.

Over the last decades, globalisation has led to a fundamental transformation of our economic system. We lack a sufficient regulatory framework for multinational corporations, with existing economic frameworks and free trade agreements largely protecting the interests of international companies. As a result, public services become increasingly vulnerable to liberalisation efforts. Public health is affected by this development: the sector has been confronted with increasing demand, monopolistic pricing strategies and the challenge to maintain solidarity-based social security.

The complexity of this issue lends itself well to an Open Space format. All participants will have the opportunity to set the agenda, define challenges and opportunities, and identify disruptive, actionable and sustainable solutions.

Speakers & panellists


RACHEL MELSOM, Director for UK and Europe, Tobacco Free Portfolios



NICK FAHY, Senior Researcher, University of Oxford


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